Lurker and occasional poster (m)

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Lurker and occasional poster (m)
Tue, 06-03-2003 - 5:07pm
Hello! My name is Tracey. I am a SAHM to three kids. Billy will be 6 in August and was diagnosed PDD/NOS 3 years ago. Alex is going on 5 in September and is unofficially diagnosed with Apraxia (his speech therapist and teachers refer to his language and motor delays as Apraxic, but we've never seen a neurologist). Lastly there is Catarina. She will be two in 2 weeks and thus far is neurotypical (God cut me a break =P). My husband, Bill, and I have been married for 8 years and we all live in IL.

I don't recognize any of the moms here anymore, except for Rebecca. I started reading a book called "Facing Autism" by Lynn Hamilton and wanted to see what everyone else is dealing with these days. Does anyone else feel as completely overwhelmed as I do? Honestly. I've started taking anti-depressants and seeing a therapist to try and get through the last nine months or so, but I have been depressed for so long.... It's just so hard when the boys don't listen, they run around shouting and fighting with each other, the baby gets involved and ends up crying.... UGH! The noise just about drives me to the brink of insanity on some days. Bill is good about helping out, but he works overtime at his job (thank God) and does sidework to help us out financially and this leaves me with the kids most of the day. Now that school is out I am at a loss. We decided to keep them out of ESY (last year they both made lots of progress over the summer because we had enough activities to keep them busy and social). Our vacation is all at one time this year (last year we took 4 mini trips) and we missed the sign-up for the special rec day camp.

I'm just rambling now. I just need to get in touch with some people that understand what it is like to be home all day with more than one disabled child and three children under 6 all at the same time. Thanks for listening.


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